CLONTARF hurling had a fantastic day on Sunday, as they won a double victory, seeing off Kilmacud Crokes to win both a Junior A title and promotion to the intermediate for next year, as well as coming out on top in the Junior E final.
Clontarf were in charge throughout the A decider at Parnell Park, with Kilmacud Crokes goalkeeper Sean Garvey arguably the man of the match. The Crokes keeper had to bat away a number of goal chances inside the opening three minutes as Clontarf looked to build an early lead, with Garvey’s dominance within his own box eventually forcing Tarf into going for points instead.
Ger Devine and Richie Dennehy were in particularly fine form as Clontarf built a 0-9 to 0-5 half-time lead that slightly understated their dominance, with Crokes almost hitting back late in the half through Johnny Maher. Maher’s late penalty looked a soft decision but was to be Crokes major chance; he hit it inches over the bar.
Clontarf’s second half was, if anything, stronger. Not content with their four-point lead, they set about putting their opponents away, pulling out a six-point lead in a low scoring game that took them out of sight, Neil Enright looking particularly potent.
By the time a late penalty was lashed past the again impressive Garvey – who somehow got a hurley on the low shot, but couldn’t keep it out – the game was up. Clontarf finally won out by a score of 1-16 to 0-9.
Clontarf paid tribute to clubmen Paul Casey and Paul Brownen in their post-game acceptance speech, with both having passed away over the course of the season.
Meanwhile in the Junior E final, a wind-struck match saw St Brigid’s charge into a formidable seven-point lead with the gale, only to be overturned by Clontarf in a dramatic second half, with the northsiders edging out their opponents by two points late on to take the Junior E title, too.